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1. Developing a Personal Style
The Writing Process
Box: Ten Tips for a Vigorous Style
Box: Tips on Polishing Your Prose
Matters of Style
Style: Words and Sentences
Box: Three Considerations for Style
Box: General Rules that Sometimes Work for Word Choice
Box: Rules that Sometimes Work for Paragraphs
Developing Your Own Sense of Style
How Writers Work
The Course in Advanced Writing
2. Writing the Personal Essay
Maintaining a Journal or Diary
Box: Tips for Keeping a Journal
Sample Journal Entries
The PErsonal Essay
Richard Ford, "Accommodations"
Bos: Ford's Opening Sentences
The Search for Significance
Let Your Story Unfold
Box: Tips for Writing a Personal Essay
3. Writing the Biographical Essay
Another Person's Life
What We Learn from Writing About People
Catherine S. Manegold, "Kara S. Hultgreen: The Short Flight of a Fighter Pilor"
Following Personal Interests
Gathering Sources for a Biography
Box: General Biographical Resources
Judging Someone's Life
Paul Theroux, "Chatwin Revisited"
Strategies for Writing About Another Person
Joan Didion, "Georgia O'Keeffe"
Suggestions for Interesting Essays About Another Person
Box: Tips That Sometimes Work for Writing About People
4. Writing the Argumentative Essay
What Is an Argument and Why Argue?
Three Appeals in Argument
Argument as Information
Box: Argument as Information
Claire Sterling, "Redfellas"
Argument as Inquiry
Evan S. Connell, "Were Custer's Men Brave?"
Persuasion Through Argument
The Tone of an Argument
Box: Argumentative Tone
Argument as Debate
Katha Pollitt, "Subject to Debate"
Midge Dector, "Welfare Feminism"
Writing Argumentative Essays
Box: Nine Sources for Arguments
Box: Generally Reliable Suggestions for the Structure of an Argument
Box: Nestorian Order
Box: Tips that Sometimes Work
for Writing Argumentative Essays
5. Writing the Familiar Essay
Beginning from Personal Experience
Cynthia Ozick, "North"
Analyzing an Abstraction
Box: Generally Reliable Tips for Dealing with Abstraction
E.M. Forster, "My Wood"
Anonymous, "Coping with Anger"
Box: Generally Reliable Tips for Discovering Significance in Events
Andre James, "Malls and the Gender Gap"
Box: Tips That Usually Help in Writing Familiar Essays
6. Writing the Critical Essay
What Is the Critical Essay?
Thinking Critically About Ideas
Analyzing an Essay: Francis Bacon's " Of Studies"
Thinking Critically About the Arts
Analyzing a Poem: William Wordsworth's "The Sonnet"
Box: Some Usually Reliable Questions for Evaluating a Sonnet
Box: Some Generally Useful Tips for Analyzing Texts
Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince"
The Structure of the Critical Essay
Box: Tips Often Useful concerning the Structure of the Critical Essay
Heinrich Boll, "The Laugher"
Appendix: Modern Research Methods
Where to Begin
Box: Basic Print Reference Sources
Box: Special Online Resources
Box: CD-ROM Online Databases
Box: Print Resources
Choosing an Interesting Research Subject
Conducting a Search of the Online Catalog
Richard Worsnop, "Gun Control"
The Importance of Your Research
Box: Tips that May Help as a Guide to Quoting from Sources